Space@yourService (S@yS) is a non-profit organization recognized by EPFL which aims at promoting and popularizing space sciences (astrophysics, space engineering, astronomy, etc.). S@yS, in collaboration with national and international scientific institutions, as well as the industry, is working at the cutting edge of space promotion with the development of innovating means of communication (outreach events, SciComm escape game, school programs). In 2019, S@yS decided to launch the Asclepios analogue missions to contribute to the world of space exploration and train the space explorers of tomorrow.
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The Asclepios missions are human-sized analogue space missions which are openend only to students with the goal of training them for their future space endeavors as astronauts, space engineers or members of the Mission Control Center. It is for this reason that one of the project’s main objectives is Education, which is carried out by the team in terms of workshops and analogue mission training, and by the EPFL Space center as part of semester projects. In addition, the platform allows numerous laboratories across the world to test prototypes and the development of experiments useful for the exploration of the Moon or Mars, making Scientific Research the second goal of Asclepios. Finally, as part of S@yS commitments, Communication, i.e., educating and inspiring young generations, through engaging media appearances, remains one of the key aspect of the project.
Dr. Angelo Vermeulen
Pr. Bernard Foing
Prof. Bernard Foing is a French scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA) and the executive director of the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG). Through ESA, he provides supervision and equipment to the Asclepios Missions, as well as mentorship and advice to the teams.
A real fan of the polar regions and deep-sea diving, Alban Michon is a French adventurer and explorer who has gone on some exceptional expeditions. In 2012, he travelled 1,000km in a sea kayak along the Greenland coast, and went diving under the icebergs there. He is the mentor for the training of our future astronauts.